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NYCEDC, Borough President Katz and Council Member Richards Announce Next Steps in Expansion of Addabbo Family Health Center

Nov 15 2016

Expansion to bring 50% increase in exam rooms and new medical services to Medically Underserved Area

Expansion will increase annual patient intake by over 24,000 new visitors

Project to create approximately 31 permanent jobs and 97 construction jobs

QUEENS, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Council Member Donovan Richards today announced progress in the expansion of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center in Arverne, Queens. The project will increase the facility’s examination rooms by 50% and bring new medical services to the Federally-designated Medically Underserved Area.

Supported by the de Blasio Administration, Borough President Katz, Council Member Donovan Richards, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and other partners, the health center will expand its current 22,000 square foot facility to an adjacent City-owned parcel, where it will build over 20,000 square feet of new healthcare space. NYCEDC and the Addabbo Family Health Center recently closed on the sale of the long-vacant site.

“The expansion of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center means more low-income and medically-underserved patients will gain access to critical care in the Rockaways. In an area that’s experienced so much disinvestment, we are proud to see this expansion join the tide of tangible change we’re seeing across the peninsula—building on recent City investments like Citywide Ferry Service, the Rockaway Boardwalk reconstruction and Mayor de Blasio’s $91 million commitment to revitalize Downtown Far Rockaway. I want to thank Borough President Katz and Council Member Richards for their commitment to this project and for their continued leadership in finding opportunities to meaningfully invest in the Rockaways,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Maria Torres-Springer.

“The new expansion of the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center will help fill the service gap incurred with the 2012 shutdown of Peninsula Hospital Center and the recent closures of several other local health care facilities,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who allocated $3 million from her FY17 discretionary funds toward this capital expansion. “The expansion will enable the Center to better meet the growing medical needs of the community, especially those who are uninsured and underserved.”

“The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is one of the few bright spots in health care on the Rockaway peninsula, serving low-income working families and immigrants,” said Council Member Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway). “This new expansion will bring more specialty medical services right here for local residents, while also adding nearly 100 construction jobs and more than 30 permanent jobs in the center. More healthcare services is the number one ask for many Rockaway residents, so I’d like to thank Borough President Katz, EDC President and CEO Torres-Springer and Addabbo’s CEO Dr. Marjorie Hill, for working with my office to deliver on this crucial addition to our community.”

"The Addabbo Family Health Center, Inc. has provided affordable, high quality, and culturally appropriate health care to medically underserved Queens communities since 1987," said Dr. Marjorie Hill, Addabbo CEO. "In spite of evening, Saturday, and even Sunday hours, our clinics remain full. This much needed expansion including 21 new exam rooms, will allow us to meet the growing unmet need exacerbated in part by Superstorm Sandy."

"Based in Averne, Queens, the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center has a long history of serving our community. This expansion shows what can be achieved when federal, state and local elected officials work together on behalf of constituents they represent in common. This project will create diverse local jobs and help the Addabbo Center facility serve even more members of our community. Regardless of their incomes, zip codes or immigration status, everyone should have access to affordable healthcare and I thank the NYCEDC, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and Council Member Donovan Richards for joining me in successfully working towards that goal," said Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-05).

“The expansion of the Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center is a big win for the Rockaways. Not only will it increase access to quality healthcare for the people who need it most - low-income and medically underserved patients – but it will widen the types of services offered to include specialties like physical therapy and dental care. The expansion will also bring much needed jobs to the community. This will assist in the economic growth of the area and builds upon the city’s investments in the peninsula which include new transit services, the reconstruction of the boardwalk and the revitalization of downtown Far Rockaway," said State Senator James Sanders.

“Health centers play a vital role in delivering quality healthcare for people in underserved communities. To that end, I would like to congratulate Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center of Arverne on their recent expansion that is very much needed and would not only increase primary care, but will strengthen the quality of life of thousands of residents on the peninsula”, said Assemblywoman Titus. “For many years the Addabbo Family Health Center has cultivated a close working relationship with the Rockaway residents. I can attest to that as my daughter is one of the beneficiaries who recently received excellent healthcare during our visit. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the NYS Assembly to ensure that this institution continues to get the adequate funding it needs to carry out its vital mission of providing for the healthcare for citizens within our community," said Assemblywoman Michele Titus.

“Community clinics, such as the Addabbo Family Health Center, are so important because they are often the first line of care, especially in neighborhoods where health care services are limited,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC EDC President Maria Torres-Springer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Donovan Richards, and the Addabbo family for their ongoing work to improve access to primary care and make Queens residents healthier.”

The project will increase the facility’s exam room capacity from 41 to 62—a nearly 50% increase—and expand its offering of core medical services which include: internal medicine/family practice; obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN); pediatrics and dental. Additionally, the facility will provide physical therapy, a new offering for Addabbo.

Based on the health center’s projections, the expansion will increase its annual patient intake by over 24,000 new visitors. Across its six sites, the Addabbo Family Health Center received over 219,000 patient visits in 2015.

The expansion of the Addabbo Family Health Center is expected to create approximately 97 construction jobs and 31 new permanent jobs, consisting of physicians, nursing, administrative and support staff. The health center, an 1199SEIU unionized facility, currently employs 80% of its workforce from the local community. The Addabbo Family Health Center has committed to targeting permanent jobs for hire through HireNYC, a City program that connects low-income New York City residents to job opportunities through the City’s economic development projects.

Additionally, Addabbo has committed to working with Minority, Women-Owned and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (M/W/DBEs) in the construction of the expanded facility and will be making efforts to achieve an M/W/DBE participation rate of 35 percent. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017, with completion targeted for 2019.

The Addabbo Family Health Center specializes in serving low-income and medically-underserved residents. As a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC), the facility treats all patients, regardless of their ability to pay or immigration status. With six facilities in total, the Addabbo Family Center is the only FQHC headquartered in Southwest Queens, serving Far Rockaway, Jamaica, South Jamaica, Rochdale, Baisley Park, South Ozone Park and Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The expansion also builds on recent City investment and new transportation services in the Rockaways, including the Rockaway Shuttle, which will connect area residents to over 20 neighborhoods across the city through Citywide Ferry Service starting summer 2017, the reconstruction of the Rockaway Boardwalk and the Downtown Far Rockaway Roadmap for Action, the City’s interagency plan to reestablish Downtown Far Rockaway as a vibrant, mixed-use village.

The expansion of Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center also builds on NYCEDC’s efforts to increase primary care access for thousands of residents in underserved communities across New York City. Through NYCEDC’s Community Health Center Expansion Program, part of the City’s Caring Neighborhoods initiative, NYCEDC assists FQHCs and similar community organizations by offering collaborative planning and financing for the establishment of new health center sites committed to delivering culturally competent primary and preventive care services to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status.

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